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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Saturday. 5 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Friday. 4 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

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Comment by Randall Smith on December 19, 2016 at 7:42am

Happy birthday, Ian! You're not yet an "old geezer". Prime of life time now. Stay active and live another 40 years.

Joan, I'm taking your advice: staying indoors drinking hot chocolate and taking frequent naps. That's between walking in circles in my basement averaging 7 miles a day (figuring 16 minutes per mile). Spread out over the day, it doesn't seem I walk that far. I throw in some punching bag time also. The thermometer said -5F this morning. I will have to go out later to gather a wheelbarrow's worth of firewood. Ugh.

Comment by Plinius on December 19, 2016 at 6:43am

Congratulations, Ian! Have a happy birthday! I'm 62, people still don't give up their seats in public transport but most people don't see anything, because they stare into their phones. Find a way to attract their attention and ask for a seat! 

Comment by Ian Mason on December 19, 2016 at 2:14am

Today's the day: I'm fifty-ten years old. Do young people have to give up their seats on the bus for me now? And do I need beauty treatment?

Comment by Ian Mason on December 19, 2016 at 2:11am

That sounds very pleasant, Joan. I hope you enjoy a winter with lots of 'hygge' as we say in Denmark.

Yes, there has been a lot of wind this autumn but that's a good thing. It means that the sea gets a new uptake of oxygen to counteract all the nitrogen that intensive farming pours into it.

Comment by Plinius on December 19, 2016 at 12:12am

I'm glad you settled so happily, Joan!

No storm yet, the flags hardly move and the early morning is misty, dark grey and overcast.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 19, 2016 at 12:00am

Chris, yes, the music moved me while the lyrics made as much sense as the Apostles' Creed

Ian & Chrs, I watch the storm patterns over Denmark & The Netherlands, and you seem to have a lot of activity this autumn. 

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Carl, I hope your weather allows you to get out, if even for a short walk. Do you have someone to help with your grocery shopping on a regular basis?

Kathy & Loren, it seems you have wide temperature fluctuations, too. Hardly possible to dress for the day. 

Randy, not good news to learn you have to deal with ice; just snuggle down and enjoy some good reading, sleeping or whatever pleases you. 

Thankfully, I am well settled back into Laura & Larry's home and loving it. The snow decorated the firs and cedars for the Yule celebration. We have a large pile of slash and logs to put on the Yule Fire, a supply of S'More makings, apple cider, chocolate, and some form of blood warming liquid for adults. I will be inside with my mug of hot apple cider. 

Hopefully, each one of you had a restful and renewing weekend. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 18, 2016 at 9:02pm

Daniel, I don't know how you have the energy to even think of such a project. Your work looks skillfully done and beautifully planned. Your photos of the completed project should be coming any day now. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 18, 2016 at 7:58pm

Daniel, I'm in awe of your skills. I couldn't do a fraction of that shit.

Comment by Daniel W on December 18, 2016 at 7:45pm

Ruth, cute hamster!

Carl keep warm!  I remember Chicago winters all too well.  Brrrrr!

Today I retrofitted all of the supporting framing in my trimmed down kitchen soffits.  Then replaced the insulation.  Tommorrow I put up drywall and it starts to look bit better.  Right now I feel like I was chewed up, spit out, and stepped on.  Too old for this #&¡$¿!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 18, 2016 at 2:00pm

You're lucky, Ruth.  Right now it's 7-degrees here with a wind chill of negative 15, and thousands of idiots are sitting outside in a stadium watching the Chicago Bears game. 

 

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